• quote To write of North American without writing of him would be impossible. To write of him without reference to the formative influences of his origin would be to speak of the tree but not of the soil and sun and surroundings which gave it early strength to thrust above the undergrowth and share it acre.

    I may speak of those influences as authentically as any. My forebears walked the dark forests with the Riddles. My grandfathers bivouacked by Union campfires and with their German neighbors sang, "Mine eyes have seen the Glory..." The throbbing valley left its mark on a boy. Consciousness of responsibility for the things of God and Country brooded in the public weal.

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